As we get older, it gets harder to rebel. So what’s the grown-up way – short of becoming a scientologist – to fight the establishment? Breaking style rules, of course.
Never Wear Navy and Black:
Navy is great. Black is great. So it stands to reason that pairing the two is – haters take note – great. This is a rule that’s fast losing the relevance it once might have had. The trick is in choosing pieces that complement, rather than compete with, one another. The beauty of navy and black is its versatility; although they’re both colours traditionally associated with (and work exceptionally well for) eveningwear, they’re just as easily thrown together for an off-duty weekend look – think a navy polo shirt with black jeans and white trainers.
No Brown in Town:
We get that the rule derives from the strict division between brown and black as markers of casualness and formality. But things change. Just look at brown suits – a modern go-to that can look equally if not more stylish and put-together than bog-standard navy or black versions, when worn by the right man.
Never Wear T-Shirts with Suits:
Less is more here: you’re already making a statement by not wearing a t-shirt, so there’s no need to shout by adding in loud prints or blinding hues. To wit, we’d suggest a classic cotton crew neck shape in a tonal variant of the colour of the suit – e.g. a white T-shirt with a stone suit. If the thought of a plain T-shirt is enough to put you to sleep, add some interest in the form of a classic Breton stripe.
Never Wear Boots with A Suit:
Boots – particularly Chelsea, brogue and Derby shapes – retain all the dressiness of smart shoes but double down on element-deflecting, meaning you dress the part without risking frostbite. Try rugged leather lace-up styles with a tweed suit when off-duty or swap out office-ready Oxfords for a pair of black or brown Chelsea boots for a workwear change that won’t get your boss’ finger wagging.